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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa****
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Perched on stilts over the waters of Monterey Bay, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa sits right on Steinbeck's legendary "Cannery Row". The "wow factor" is evident in the understated wood-paneled entrance and public rooms, the graciously appointed rooms & suites, especially those looking out over the lapping waves with glimpses of seals at play, sea otters and fishing boats chugging to and from their harvest. One of the best hotels in the area with over 290 deluxe guest-rooms. A perfect place to just unwind or use as a base to explore Monterey and Carmel.

Peter and Linda D'Aprix 2010

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa bedroom cafe la strada
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The elegant European interior style architecture of the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa adds a touch of glamour to the Monterey Peninsula and Cannery Row. The service is warm and gracious. The rooms and suites are very well appointed. Without doubt, the rooms with ocean-view micro-balconies are the most fun as they look out over the sea and provide endlessly changing ocean views, sights and sounds of the seals, otter and dolphins at play, the rising sun, the fishing boats, the visitors paddling along the coast line in their colorful rental canoes not to mention the soothing music of the waves breaking on the rocks below and the salt ladened breezes that drift into your room.

RestaurantOur room was one of those with the balcony and view and sea breezes. Peter spent most of his time just enjoying breathing in the aromas of the sea and becoming mesmerized by watching the waves crash on the rocks below - almost as good as the spa - almost. The room was spacious with the sea side wall as sliding glass doors and plate glass floor to ceiling windows that provide access to the balcony and unlimited views to the watery horizon. The large beds are very comfortable, a ceiling fan above it for those of use who hate air-conditioning plus air-conditioning for those of us who don't.

The room was decorated with classic Biedermeier-style furniture, decorator fabrics, European duvet bed coverings not to mention WiFi, a "make up" nook for the women of the party, and a bathroom with all the expected amenities but decorated with both charming as well as functional items. The sound proofing is good, so despite being surrounded by hundreds of other guests, you would really never know it as you relax on the bed and look out at the soothing view of the bay, the birds and the sound of the surf.

If you are coming to wind down, the hotel's "Vista Blue Spa" is perfect. With its roof-top location, the Vista Blue Spa provides both comfort and relaxed refinement with treatments geared toward rejuvenating the body, renewing the spirit and reviving the senses. With everything from massages, facials, body wraps, and "signature" Coffee Shoptreatments such as the Monterey Bay Salt Glo treatment, you will feel stress flowing away.

There are three eateries: a free standing cafe/coffee shop "La Strada" serving Peets coffee, pastries and salads "to go" that is more of the "lounge" style of today's coffee bistro with seating both inside and out; "Schooners Bistro on the Bay" suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay is an informal, fun restaurant. Schooners offers fresh fare in a unique indoor/outdoor dining environment. The heated outdoor terrace invites al fresco dining year round, while the classic sailing vessel design makes indoor seating fun and appealing in all weather conditions. Schooners' menu highlights fresh seafood with your choice of several different preparations. The menu also includes pastas, hot appetizers, unique salads, soups and hearty sandwiches. This is a presentable hotel restaurant with food that is good although not outstanding. Its main merit is its location and fabulous views. Lastly, there is "The Duck Club Grill" also offering panoramic views of Monterey Bay. The Grill offers a more sophisticated cuisine in a more formal setting. The menu features the freshest local produce, sustainable seafood and oak-broiled steaks. Wood-roasted specialties, such as Steinbeck's Duck and Colorado Lamb Chops, are prepared in the Italian wood-burning oven.

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa*****
400 Cannery Row,
Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Tel.: +1-(831) 920-6710
Toll Free: (855) 421-0264



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